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|caption= Photography
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|subject= Photography
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|status= Elective
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|created= 1911
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|discontinued= N/A
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|requirements revision= 2013
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|pamphlet revision= 2013
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|field= Communications
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|quote=Beyond capturing family memories, photography offers a chance to be creative. Many photographers use photography to express their creativity, using lighting, composition, depth, color, and content to make their photographs into more than snapshots. Good photographs tell us about a person, a news event, a product, a place, a scientific breakthrough, an endangered animal, or a time in history.
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:1. Explain how the following elements and terms affect the quality of a picture:
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::a. Light-natural light/ambient, flash
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::b. Exposure-aperture (f-stops), shutter speed, depth of field
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::c. Composition-rule of thirds, leading lines, framing, depth
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:2. Explain the basic parts and operation of a film camera or digital camera. Explain how an exposure is made when you take a picture.
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:3. Discuss with your counselor the differences between a film camera and a digital camera. List at least five advantages and five disadvantages of using a digital camera versus using a film camera.
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:4. Do ONE of the following:
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::a. Produce a picture story using the photojournalistic technique of documenting an event. Share your plan with your counselor and get your counselor's input and approval before you proceed. Then, using either a film camera or a digital camera, produce your approved picture story. Process your images and select eight to 12 images that best tell your story. Arrange your images in order, then mount the prints on a poster board. If you are using digital images, you may create a slide show on your computer or produce printouts for your poster board. Share your picture story with your counselor.
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::b. Choose a topic that interests you to photograph for an exhibit or display. Get your counselor's approval, then photograph (digital or film) your topic. Process your images. Choose 20 of your favorite images and mount them on poster board. Share your display with your counselor. If you are using digital images, you may create a slide show on your computer or produce printouts for your poster board.
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:5. Discuss with your counselor the career opportunities in photography. Pick one that interests you and explain how to prepare for such a career. Discuss with your counselor the education and training such a career would require.
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''Source: 2007 Boy Scout Requirements (33215)''
 
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'''1.''' Lesson Videos:
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[http://www.expertvillage.com/video-series/203_photography.htm Beginning Photography] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video-series/560_photo-techniques.htm How to Use a Digital Camera] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video-series/1067_photography-basics.htm Taking Better Pictures] - [http://youtu.be/wsdmt0De8Hw CCD: The heart of a digital camera] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video-series/570_photography-course.htm Intermediate Photography]
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: [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/7769_photography-course-framing-one.htm Rule of Thirds] - [http://www.all-things-photography.com/digital-dictionary.html Glossary of Photography Terms] - [http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials/camera-exposure.htm Understanding Camera Exposure: Aperture, ISO & Shutter Speed] - [http://camerasim.com/camera-simulator/ SLR Camera Simulator]<br>
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'''1a.''' [http://photo.net/learn/making-photographs/light Light (ambient & flash)] - [http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials/camera-flash.htm Camera Flash, Part 1: Light Quality & Appearance]<br>
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'''1b.''' [http://photo.net/learn/making-photographs/exposure Great examples of shutter speed and aperture] - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shutter_speed Shutter speed] - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exposure_(photography) Exposure] - [http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials/camera-exposure.htm Exposure Triangle: Aperture, ISO & Shutter Speed] - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aperture Aperture]
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: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Depth_of_field Depth of field] - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Depth_of_focus Depth of focus]<br>
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'''1c.''' [http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials/rule-of-thirds.htm Composition: Rule of Thirds] - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rule_of_thirds Wikipedia:Rule of thirds] - [http://photoinf.com/General/Theresa_Husarik/Photography_Tips_-_Composition_Refresher/Leading_Lines.htm Leading Lines] - [http://photoinf.com/General/Kris_Butler/Photo_Tip_-_Framing_Your_Shots.htm Framing] - [http://photoinf.com/General/Theresa_Husarik/Photography_Tips_-_Composition_Refresher/Depth.htm Depth]<br>
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'''1d.''' [http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials/cameras-vs-human-eye.htm Cameras vs. the Human Eye] - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angle_of_view Angle of view]<br>
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'''1e.''' [http://sports.webshots.com/album/183640597JhWcNU Stopping Action]<br>
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'''2.''' The diagrams you need are included in the [[Media:{{PAGENAMEE}}.pdf|{{PAGENAME}} Worksheet]].
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:[http://www.howstuffworks.com/camera.htm How Cameras Work] - [http://photo.net/equipment/digital/basics/ Beginner's Guide]<br>
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'''3.''' [http://electronics.howstuffworks.com/digital-camera.htm How Digital Cameras Work] - [http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/filmdig.htm Film vs. Digital] - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_versus_film_photography Digital versus film photography]<br>
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'''4.''' The [[Citizenship in the Community]] #8 ''public presentation...of your community'' <br>
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could be given as a [[Communications]] #3 ''five-minute speech'' <br>
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using the techniques from [[Photography]] #4b to ''produce a picture story'' <br>
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and [[Art]] #1 to ''tell a story with...pictures'' <br>
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which could be developed into the [[Digital Technology]] #6d ''short presentation''.<br>
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[http://photophilanthropy.org/gallery-posts/orphanage-in-transylvania/ Here] is an example of a good photo essay. The [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in_pictures/ BBC News In Pictures] site also has several good examples.<br>
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'''5.''' [http://www.careeroverview.com/photography-careers.html Careers in Photography]<br>
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[http://www.kodak.com/eknec/PageQuerier.jhtml?pq-path=38/39/6370/338&pq-locale=en_US Kodak's explanation of how lighting affects photos] Also contains a wealth of information written for the non-professional
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[http://www.armadillocamera.com/tutorial/effects_of_shutter_speed.htm How Shutter Speed, Aperture, and Film Speed Affect Your Picture]
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[http://www.silverlight.co.uk/tutorials/compose_expose/thirds.html Basic Photography: Rule of Thirds]
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* [http://www.photographic.com PhotoGraphic Magazine]
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[http://photoinf.com/General/Theresa_Husarik/Photography_Tips_-_Composition_Refresher/Leading_Lines.htm Leading Lines] Includes some great photographs for examples
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* [http://www.phototechmag.com/ Photo Techniques]
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* [http://www.popphoto.com/ Popular Photography]
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[http://electronics.howstuffworks.com/digital-camera.htm How Digital Cameras Work]
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* [http://www.reuters.com/news/pictures Reuters Photojournalism]
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Photography requires prior counselor approval for requirement(s) #4a and 4b.


Photography merit badge
Status: Elective
Created: 1911
Discontinued: no
BSA Advancement ID: 083
Requirements revision: 2013
Latest pamphlet revision: 2013

Contents

Beyond capturing family memories, photography offers a chance to be creative. Many photographers use photography to express their creativity, using lighting, composition, depth, color, and content to make their photographs into more than snapshots. Good photographs tell us about a person, a news event, a product, a place, a scientific breakthrough, an endangered animal, or a time in history.


The Photography merit badge was one of the original 57 merit badges issued by the Boy Scouts of America in 1911.


Photography merit badge requirements

  1. Explain how the following elements and terms affect the quality of a picture:
    a. Light -- natural light/ambient, flash
    b. Exposure -- aperture (f-stops), shutter speed, depth of field
    c. Composition -- rule of thirds, leading lines, framing, depth
    d. Angle of view
    e. Stopping action
  2. Explain the basic parts and operation of a film camera or digital camera. Explain how an exposure is made when you take a picture.
  3. Discuss with your counselor the differences between a film camera and a digital camera. Describe how computer software allows you to make adjustments to a digital photograph after it is taken.
  4. Do ONE of the following:
    a. Produce a picture story using the photojournalistic technique of documenting an event. Share your plan with your counselor and get your counselor's input and approval before you proceed. Then, using either a film camera or a digital camera, produce your approved picture story. Process your images and select eight to 12 images that best tell your story. Arrange your images in order, then mount the prints on a poster board. If you are using digital images, you may create a slide show on your computer or produce printouts for your poster board. Share your picture story with your counselor.
    b. Choose a topic that interests you to photograph for an exhibit or display. Get your counselor's approval, then photograph (digital or film) your topic. Process your images. Choose 20 of your favorite images and mount them on poster board. Share your display with your counselor. If you are using digital images, you may create a slide show on your computer or produce printouts for your poster board.
  5. Discuss with your counselor the career opportunities in photography. Pick one that interests you and explain how to prepare for such a career. Discuss with your counselor the education and training such a career would require.


The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:
Boy Scout Requirements, 2014 Edition (BSA Supply No. 33216 - SKU# 619576)

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Worksheet A FREE workbook for Photography is available here! Adobe Acrobat PDF
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Requirement resources

1. Lesson Videos: Beginning Photography - How to Use a Digital Camera - Taking Better Pictures - CCD: The heart of a digital camera - Intermediate Photography

Rule of Thirds - Glossary of Photography Terms - Understanding Camera Exposure: Aperture, ISO & Shutter Speed - SLR Camera Simulator

1a. Light (ambient & flash) - Camera Flash, Part 1: Light Quality & Appearance
1b. Great examples of shutter speed and aperture - Shutter speed - Exposure - Exposure Triangle: Aperture, ISO & Shutter Speed - Aperture

Depth of field - Depth of focus

1c. Composition: Rule of Thirds - Wikipedia:Rule of thirds - Leading Lines - Framing - Depth
1d. Cameras vs. the Human Eye - Angle of view
1e. Stopping Action
2. The diagrams you need are included in the Photography Worksheet.

How Cameras Work - Beginner's Guide

3. How Digital Cameras Work - Film vs. Digital - Digital versus film photography
4. The Citizenship in the Community #8 public presentation...of your community
could be given as a Communications #3 five-minute speech
using the techniques from Photography #4b to produce a picture story
and Art #1 to tell a story with...pictures
which could be developed into the Digital Technology #6d short presentation.
Here is an example of a good photo essay. The BBC News In Pictures site also has several good examples.
5. Careers in Photography

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